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flatline

(flăt′līn′)
intr.v. flat·lined, flat·lining, flat·lines
1. To show a horizontal line on the monitor of an electrocardiogram or an electroencephalogram, indicating no electrical activity.
2. Informal To die.
adj.
Being or relating to an electrocardiogram or an electroencephalogram that indicates no electrical activity.

flatline

An informal term for the state of a person whose medical monitoring equipment shows a flat line rather than the normal peaks and troughs. Such a person has recently died or is very near to death.
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The system works well for all solid wood and MDF flatline products, whether color coated, natural finish or stained.
Add upwind flatlines to the mix, and the potential surface coverage is a circle whose diameter is 150 feet or more.
Rotary and reciprocating) flatline technology allows for recovery of material, high transfer efficiency, improved quality and less personnel, which leads to higher profits," said Bob Hereford of Rhodes Systems.
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Two 16-stage conveyorized flatlines apply wood treatment, prime and topcoating consecutively and automatically.
Two cabinetmaker customers of PPG are using the flatline systems for frames, he said, a switch that took place within the last year and a half.
In kitchen cabinet manufacturing some 50 percent of the manufacturers use flatline finishing, as do many manufacturers of office furniture and self-assembly furniture.
We are now part of Birmingham's Flatline Collective of Birmingham Urban artists.
Shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie said: "Tax rises and spending cuts that go too far and too fast have caused our economy to flatline since last autumn.
And he's meant to have approached Rory Bremner about getting TV satirists John Bird and John Fortune to raise his laughometer somewhere above its present reading, which is just about flatline.
The new system also will handle all of DMI's finishing needs, including three-dimensional items, doors, millwork, mouldings and flatline work, Hodges said.
Our survey also shows Labour still ahead of the Tories with Nick Clegg's Lib Dems continuing to flatline.